Sainsbury’s has promised to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero over the next 20-years.
Outgoing chief executive Mike Coupe tells the Today programme that the supermarket would be writing to its suppliers to ensure “they are playing their part in reducing our carbon emissions”.
He added, “We need to understand further up our supply chains how we impact the environment and make sure our suppliers are working towards eliminating their carbon emissions as well.”
Asked whether it would help carbon emissions to sell more UK produce instead of food from overseas, he said, “We have to find a balance regarding ‘food miles’.
“We have to bring our customers on the journey with us. It is more environmentally-friendly to grow products in environments that are suitable for those products. But equally there is a trade-off between doing that, our customers having availability of those products and the way that we bring them to the market.”
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